Singer Denise Johnson dies aged 56

27 July 2020, 18:52

Denise Johnson performs on stage
Denise Johnson performs on stage. Picture: Getty

By Megan White

Singer Denise Johnson, best known for her guest vocals on Primal Scream's album Screamadelica, has died aged 56.

The much-loved Manchester singer, who also performed with New Order, was set to release her debut acoustic solo album in September.

A statement from her family said Johnson "died suddenly" and had been "ill in the week prior to her death, but told friends she was 'much better' on Friday".

Tributes flooded in from fellow musicians including The Stone Roses vocalist Ian Brown, DJ Erol Alkan and The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simon.

Fellow singer Rowetta wrote: "Sad sad news today. I have so many great memories of Denise from when we were young.

"We just used to sing & laugh like naughty schoolgirls all the time. A great loss to Manchester and music.

"My condolences to her family & loved ones."